The reporters did not ask a single question about the COVID pandemic. Not one. Not about vaccines. Not about masks. Not about economic effects. Not about schools. Nothing. There was no explanation for it, other than perhaps the reporters who were selected to ask questions were remarkably out of touch with the American people, who consistently list the pandemic as the most important issue facing the country today.
(Byron York) There was a huge buildup before President Biden’s first formal news conference Thursday. Why had he waited 64 days to meet the press? Were his White House press handlers worried he would commit some classic Biden gaffes? Would he do just that?
Biden was Biden. He handled some questions competently. He wandered around on others. He seemed most energized when he blamed his predecessor, President Donald Trump, for the mess at the border that his own policies have created. He stonewalled the press on the question of letting reporters — and the nation — see the overcrowded pens in which his administration is keeping illegal border crossers who are unaccompanied minors. “I will commit to transparency as soon as I am in a position to be able to implement what we are doing right now,” Biden said. In other words — you’ll see it when we want you to see it, and not a minute before.
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